26674 Meadow Ridge Drive Elko New Market, MN 55020
What is a Doula?
A Doula is a trained and experienced birth professional who provides a pregnant woman and her family with continuous emotional support,and physical comfort and education before, during and after childbirth. A Doula strives to facilitate communication between the laboring woman,her family and her clinical care providers. A Doula perceives her role as one who nurtures and protects the woman’s memory of her birth experience. Doulas strive to enhance the role and participation of the partner and family members by modeling supportive and helpful behavior during labor. A Doula strives to draw loved ones closer.
The Benefits of Having a Doula
Researchers Kennell and Klaus et. al. found in six studies:
- Cesareans down 50%
- Length of labor down 25%
- Pitocin down 40%
- Forceps down 40%
- Epidurals reduced by 60%.
THE IMPACT OF A DOULA ON LABOR AND EARLY PARENTING:(Adapted by Penny Simkin, 1992)
- Positive labor perception
- Decreased medications
- Decreased interventions
- Decreased cesareans
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased tension
- Shortened labor
SUPPORT IN LABOR FROM A DOULA ENCOURAGES
- Positive family bonding
- Increased self-esteem
- Perception of choice
- Increased participation
- Decreased depression
Birth Doula Packages and Pricing
Three to Four Prenatal Meetings. We can meet either at your home, or at a location of your choice. These meetings average one to two hours long each. Our initial visits allow us an opportunity to get to know each other better rand provide us with a chance for us to explore your expectations for support, as well as help you to create a birth plan that fits your family. Additional prenatal visits may be arranged as desired. Price is $900.00.
Everything included in Package One, plus Placenta Encapsulation. Price is $1,050.00.
Everything included in Packages One and Two, plus Three Prenatal Massages in my Office. Price is $1,250.00.
Everything in Packages One, Two, and Three, Plus an Additional Postpartum Massage in my Office. Price is $1,350.00.
Everything in Packages One, Two, Three and Four, Plus a Belly Cast. Price is $1,400.00.
Please note that all services including Massage, Placenta Encapsulation, Belly Casting and Doula work can also be purchased individually. Please visit those pages for more information.